Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Bryum miniatum
Family: Bryaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S1?

On wet rocks, esp. in or near brooks or on cliffs (Crum and Anderson).

Species Description:


Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Occurs in dense, deep, shiny tufts 2-7 cm high, typically red or red-tinged, occasionally yellowish to yellow-brown, scarcely radiculose. Stems often forked. Leaves crowded, imbricate and scarcely contorted when dry, erect-spreading when moist, 2.3-2.5 mm long, broadly oblong to oblong-ovate, rounded-obtuse and often cucullate-concave at the apex, not decurrent, margins plane, entire.

The habitat for this species is especially sensitive to changes in hydrology and not likely to withstand much alteration. Grazing or browsing pressure, vegetation removal, or hydrologic changes (i.e. stream alterations road construction) would be detrimental.

Global Range:
Known from British Columbia to California and inland to Montana; also known from Missouri, Newfoundland, and the Faeroe Islands (Crum and Anderson 1981). Also inland to Utah (Spence 1988).

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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